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Toccoa, Georgia: Heaven for Outdoors Enthusiasts

The Cherokee called the area around Toccoa, Georgia “The Great Blue Hills of God.” Toccoa-Stephens County is indeed heaven for outdoors enthusiasts, offering fishing, swimming and all water sports in Lake Hartwell, hiking on Currahee Mountain, the Frady Branch Trail System, golf, and so much more.

The Cherokee called the area around Toccoa, Georgia “The Great Blue Hills of God.” Toccoa-Stephens County is indeed heaven for outdoors enthusiasts, offering fishing, swimming and all water sports in Lake Hartwell, hiking on Currahee Mountain, the Frady Branch Trail System, golf, and so much more.

Toccoa has been named a “Top 200 Best Towns for Outdoorsmen” by Outdoor Life magazine, and Backpacker Magazine named Toccoa’s Panther Creek Trail a “Top 100 Hikes in America.”

Toccoa is perhaps best known for Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot waterfall, higher than Niagara Falls, found on the campus of Toccoa Falls College.

More water fun is found on Lake Hartwell. Also known as the “Great Lake of the South,” Lake Hartwell is one of the largest, most visited man-made reservoirs east of the Mississippi River. With nearly 56,000 acres of water and a shoreline of 962 miles, visitors enjoy excellent fishing, swimming and all watersports.

Stephens County Recreation Area has the Broken Bridge fishing pier and is one of 4 boat access ramps to Lake Hartwell. North of the lake is Yonah Dam Park and the Tugaloo River access for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.

Currahee Mountain (Cherokee for “stands alone”) is the firs mountain in the Blue Ridge mountain chain. Explore it on foot or on a mountain bike. If you want to test yourself, take the Colonel Robert F. Sink Trail three miles up Currahee Mountain and three miles down. This is the famous training site of the 501st, 506th, 511th and 517th Parachute Infantry Regiments, who trained at Currahee Mountain during WWII.

There are trails galore in Toccoa-Stephens County for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV riding. The Panther Creek Trail will reward you after 3.5 miles with a view of lovely Panther Creek Falls. The Frady Branch Trail System, for hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers, is four interconnecting loops of gravel roads totaling 13.4 sometimes-tricky miles. For those seeking an easy, pleasant walk, the Broad River Trail provides 4.1 miles of gently rolling terrain and fairly level elevation. Need a little more excitement? Take your ATV on the 9.4 miles of the Locust Stake ATV Trail System.

For a fun challenge, try your hand at the 24-hole disc golf course at Stephens County’s Roselane Recreation Complex in Toccoa.

Groups will enjoy exploring the forest, trails, and waterfalls around the Georgia Baptist Conference Center, the Mikell Camp and Conference Center, and the Georgia Camp Fire Boys and Girls’ Camp Toccoa.

Spend time outdoors – in town – at Paul Anderson Park on Tugalo Street in Toccoa. Commemorating Toccoa native Paul Anderson, called the World’s Strongest Man, and who won the 1956 Olympic Gold Medal in the super heavyweight division, this peaceful park surrounds a brick-lined fountain topped by his life-sized bronze statue. In 1977, Paul received the American Academy of Achievement’s coveted Golden Plate Award, given to those who have made great lifetime accomplishments.

Golf, anyone? Swing into action at the local public nine-hole golf course right in Toccoa, The Links at Lake Toccoa. Golf Trail passes are available at the Welcome Center.

Come see why “Toccoa” means “Beautiful.”

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